An independent human rights group says it documented 2,165 cases of grave human rights violations in Bahrain last year as the ruling Al Khalifah regime relentlessly continues with its crackdown on human rights activists and pro-democracy campaigners in the kingdom.
Bahrain’s main Shia opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, which has been dissolved and banned from conducting any activity by the ruling Al Khalifah regime, has announced a boycott of the kingdom's upcoming parliamentary elections.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have agreed to give Bahrain 10 billions of dollars as financial support as the Persian Gulf kingdom’s economy struggles with a current account gap and a large state budget deficit, which have dragged down prices of its international bonds and pushed its national currency to a 17-year low against the US dollar.
The US State Department has endorsed the proposed sale of more than 800 tactical missiles to Bahrain amid the Al Khalifah regime’s heavy-handed crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners and political dissidents in the tiny Persian Gulf country.
More than 100 rights groups have called on Bahrain to "immediately release" prominent opposition figure and pro-democracy campaigner Nabeel Rajab after the United Nations condemned his detention as "arbitrary" and "discriminatory."
Bahrain’s Interior Ministry has announced that it would stop issuing new entry visas to Qatari nationals in the wake of the the ongoing Saudi-led diplomatic and trade boycott against energy-rich Persian Gulf kingdom of Qatar.
Human Rights Watch has called on Bahraini authorities to restore citizenship to hundreds of nationals, whom have been affected by executive orders or court decisions as the ruling Al Khalifah regime pushes ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners, journalists and religious scholars.
A court in Bahrain has sentenced three anti-regime protesters to life imprisonment and handed down jail terms to nine others as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners in the Persian Gulf kingdom.